TNRD questions landfill readiness

The old landfill will be closed next year but the Extension doesn't have its operating certificate yet.

The province is cutting is close for the Landfill Extension, which still needs an Operations Certificate before it can start accepting waste.

The current landfill’s OC ends in 2016, but the landfill users are looking around, wondering if they should start making other plans.

Once the Extension is given an OC, Wastech will put the liner in and start marketing it to potential customers, said Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta.

Ranta has already met with Minister Mary Polak at UBCM convention to emphasize the need for the OC and how much Cache Creek relies on the landfill industry.

TNRD staff has informed Ranta that they need a viable alternative in case the Extension isn’t ready to go when the current landfill closes. That means transfer stations and a half a million dollar bill to put that alternative in place.

The western portion of the TNRD uses the landfill, but preliminary discussions are starting to take place regarding that viable alternative.

The challenge, said Ranta, seems to be in coming up with th appropriate security to maintain the Extension beyond closure.

“I truly believe the Extension is going to become reality,” he said. “We all want it done right.”

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